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Archive for the ‘Airlines’ Category

Virgin Blue named best low-cost carrier

May 23

Virgin Blue was just named best low-cost airline in Australia/Pacific region. Having just traveled on V Australia I can easily see why they were rated so highly.

Virgin Blue has been named best low-cost airline in the Australia/Pacific region at the Skytrax world airline awards.

It was the fourth time the airline has claimed the title, beating out Qantas offshoot Jetstar and Tiger, who came in second and third, respectively.

Malaysian-based AirAsia took out the award as the world’s best low-cost airline for the second straight year.

Users Only Wait 2 Seconds For Page to Load

Sep 22

I was recently reading an article on EyeforTravel where they told of a new study that said that two seconds is the new threshold in terms of average online shopper’s expectation for a web page to load and 40 percent of shoppers will wait no more than three seconds before leaving a retail or travel site.

According to Akamai’s latest study, conducted by Forrester Consulting, consumers become impatient when pages take longer than two seconds to load. It added that 47 percent of consumers expect a web page to load in two seconds or less, representing a significant evolution in consumer expectation over the 2006 study, which showed customer expectations at four seconds or less.

Quick page loading is a key factor in a consumer’s loyalty to an e-commerce site, especially for high spenders.

Online shopper loyalty is contingent upon quick page loading, especially for high-spending shoppers. 52 percent of online shoppers stated that quick page loading is important to their site loyalty, up 12 percent from the 2006 study.

It added that 79 percent of online shoppers who experience a dissatisfying visit are less likely to buy from the same site again while 27 percent are less likely to buy from the same site’s physical store, suggesting that the impact of a bad online experience will reach beyond the web and can result in lost store sales.

Site performance

The study also states that usability, site content and speed are key factors to online customer loyalty.

By taking the time to improve the overall site content and functionality, retailers can bolster the overall brand and image of their company. For example, adding rich, interactive and dynamic content to a retail site can help reflect the in-store experience for the consumer, which can lead to increased satisfaction and loyalty from the consumer.

This makes it more important than ever to have a fast and clean web site designed.

Welcome to Half Nut’s New Web Site

May 10

Welcome to Half Nut Development’s new web site, 5nut.com.
While we’re still tidying up around here our existing blog is at http://www.halfnutdevelopment.com/nutlog/.